Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Pygmy Batis (Batis perkeo)


French: Pririt pygmée German: Däumlingsschnäpper Spanish: Batis pigmeo

Batis perkeo


, 1907,

Darassam, Gurra country, southern Ethiopia


Overlaps in range to some extent with B. molitor and with B. minor, but not with B. soror; seems to occur lower down than B. orientalis on Mt Moroto (Uganda), and seemingly no overlap with this taxon in S Ethiopia. Research required in order to give clues to relationships. Monotypic.


Extreme SE South Sudan, S Ethiopia, C & S Somalia, E Uganda, inland Kenya and NE Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

8–9 cm; 5–9 g. Very small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white (and some rufous) colours. Male has forehead, crown and back... read more


Penetrating piping notes in series of up to 20, notes similar to those of B. minor but... read more


Trees and scrub in arid regions, woodland and wooded grassland. Thorn-scrub, acacia (Acacia... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insects: small beetles (Coleoptera) recorded. Feeds mainly in bushes and trees. Flycatches from perch, to which it returns.


Breeding confirmed in Feb, suspected in Mar (from dissection); another source gives probably Nov in N Kenya. Female recorded on nest in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (BirdLife International). Common to fairly common, as in Kenya, but scarce in L Turkana area and absent from coastal area; present in Samburu and... read more

Recommended citation

Louette, M. (2020). Pygmy Batis (Batis perkeo). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 February 2020).